- A recently published story on Kourtney Kardashian’s lifestyle website Poosh suggests people should avoid certain foods to prevent cellulite.
- Fruit is one of the foods Poosh writer and certified nutritionist Cara Clark told readers to avoid.
- Eating fruit doesn’t contribute to cellulite and could actually help skin look firmer, according to registered dietitian nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth.
- Cellulite is also largely genetic and very common. Researchers estimate 80% to 90% of women have the skin condition.
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A recent post on Kourtney Kardashian’s lifestyle website Poosh asserts that people can prevent their bodies from forming cellulite if they steer clear of foods like alcohol, salt, refined flour, and even fruit.
“While cellulite isn’t completely avoidable (we need a certain fat percentage for our bodies to thrive), we can reduce it,” writer and certified nutritionist Cara Clark wrote in the article. “Eating a balanced diet is key, which includes limiting these foods that definitely contribute to it.”
Some of Clark’s assertions have merit. Consuming too much salt, for example, can lead to dehydration and make cellulite appear more prominent on the skin’s surface level. The same dehydrating effect is true for alcohol, which Clark also mentioned as a cellulite-enhancing culprit.
But the idea that less fruit equals less or no cellulite is way off base, Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietitian nutritionist, wellness expert, and author of “Eating in Colour: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family,” told INSIDER. “Fruit, while it does contain natural sugar, does not cause lumpy skin on your thighs,” Largeman-Roth said. “In fact, the phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables actually have the ability to boost the appearance of your skin, making it look younger and firmer.”
Additionally, the amount of cellulite a person develops depends on a variety of factors, not just diet. Genetics is one of those big factors.
Everyone has the potential to develop cellulite, though some people are more susceptible
Cellulite isn’t a medical condition, but rather something that occurs “when fat becomes enmeshed with connective tissue below the skin,” double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Zachary Farris previously told INSIDER. “The skin itself takes on a dimpled appearance often equated to an orange peel or cottage cheese, with patients exhibiting sagging and ‘divots’ in the skin.”
Since everyone has some amount of fat below their skin, everyone also has the potential to develop visible cellulite, Dr. Farris said. It can occur in people regardless of race, sex, or weight. “Cellulite doesn’t discriminate,” Largeman-Roth said. “Even young, thin people, and yes, even men, can have cellulite.”
Still, some people are more likely than others to develop it. It largely depends on hormone levels, skin thickness, and how those connective tissues are arranged in the body, all of which are genetic, not diet-related, factors.
Women, too, are a lot more likely to have cellulite than men, thanks to their hormones. In fact, researchers have found that an estimated 80% to 90% of women have cellulite. “As a woman enters menopause, reduced estrogen causes less oxygen-rich blood to flow to the connective tissue layers. As the tissues grow weaker, fat layers are more likely to overwhelm them, resulting in cellulite,” Dr. Farris said.
Weight can also play a role in how much cellulite a person has, but being a certain weight doesn’t mean you’ll always have a certain amount of cellulite. “Cellulite is not an indication of being overweight, but losing weight may reduce the appearance of cellulite,” board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon Dr. Fayne L. Frey previously told INSIDER.
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